With earning the title of Manchester United manager comes the added benefit of 24/7 scrutiny and the expectation of constant and unwavering victory. A United manager needs to be obstinate and fearless and must perpetually pursue perfection.
Even against the best teams, victory is acceptable, not outstanding. Two weeks ago, United thrashed the second best team in Germany 0-5 away from home - an achievement certainly worthy of laudation. However, unfortunately for current United supremo David Moyes, it's the missed opportunities that matter more. In the aftermath of United's narrow win against trailblazers Arsenal, many predicted a renaissance - a return to the domineering and unyielding United of years past. Two measly points from three winnable games later, it's time for Moyes to leave United.
As much as it is a matter of his recent performances, one must also scrutinize Moyes' early dealings with the club. The transfer window was an utter failure. Even those undying optimists who looked at Fellaini as a modern and burly reincarnation of the messiah now hold up their arms in surrender. Fellaini has been an utter disaster for United and another incompetent performance against Everton underlined that fact. He was sloppy in possession and gave away free-kicks willingly. His performance against Everton wasn't even an isolated incident - he has been below-par throughout the whole season. Moyes's transfer dealings represent his first strike.
Moyes's second strike comes in the form of his performances against top clubs. United have historically been very good about the other members of the so-called "big-six". One nail-biting win against Arsenal aside, they've underperformed massively when it mattered. Not only did United lose to Liverpool, but they followed it up with a 4-1 hammering at the hands of Manchester City. In any United fan's book, that's grounds for termination in itself. Only managing to tie both Chelsea and Tottenham, Moyes has clearly failed in big games. Five points out of a possible fifteen is abysmal.
Finally, Moyes has failed at the one thing United have done so consistently for the last twenty years - challenge for the title. It would take one of those aforementioned eternal optimists to even suggest that United have a glimmer of hope in the title race. At this point, even a top-four finish looks unlikely. Moyes has been given ample time to settle in and get the team performing, but it simply hasn't worked out. 22 points from a possible 42 is embarrassing. Add in the fact that United only dropped twenty-four in total last season and grounds for termination emerges. Strike three, you're out David Moyes.
A man can only be given so much time before he is declared a failure and United need to swallow their pride and cut their losses right now. Even early on, Moyes's name (or lack there of) deterred many of the world's top stars from making the journey to United - something that has hurt the club immeasurably. United need a top-class manager and David Moyes isn't one. The owners need to kick him to the curb now and bring in someone with a proven track record of success - not a manager who's greatest achievement is surviving the qualifying round of the Champions League.
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